Canon FD Lens 85mm F/1.2 on GH2

Don't think I ever posted any footage samples of the vintage 85mm F/1.2 on the GH2, so here it is if you're curious. Old lenses are a great alternative to getting DOF on a budget. There's a variety of different adapters to mount just about any lens type to any camera. For a list of old Vintage lenses, check out the eBay auctions. Just make sure you choose the right adapter for the Lens you choose to fit your camera body.

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Here i'm using an FD adapter without glass to make this 85mm F/1.2 work on the Panasonic GH2. At F/1.2 there's a soft glow, but step it down to F/1.8 and it's plenty sharp. They will never be as sharp as true lenses designed for Digital, but that's the whole allure about them. Sometimes they give off a really vintage feel. Oh and I didn't bring an ND filter out so the shutter speed was quite high on this footage. Might look at bit jittery...

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15 thoughts on “Canon FD Lens 85mm F/1.2 on GH2

  1. Julian

    does anybody own the adapter that they give a link to here and if so could you give a review of it

  2. Julian

    Look there is glass in the adapter for canon en nikon because there is an element missing on the canon fd lenses this glass element will cause a crop of 1.25 on a micro 4 3 camera this element is not needed so there is no additional crop factor

  3. Emm

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    @apostolos - If you've ever looked up 'Macro Extension Tubes' they are a spacer between lens and camera. They turn any lens into something that can focus closer. So without the glass, the adapters act like Macro tubes and won't focus to infinity.

  4. Is there any advantage to using an adapter with glass vs without glass? Is there a brand of adapters that you've found works well?

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  7. Nice DOF, worth that beefy adapter. I use the little Olympus OM Zuiko lenses for vintage glass. I have a 24mm 2.8, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 2 and 50mm 3.5 Macro. They are great, but I'm still saving for the Canon 10-22mm to use as an ultrawide/general purpose lens on the 60D crop sensor. A Canon 100mm Macro would be nice too. The Zuiko only does 1:2 and leaves me messing with extension tubes or bellows craziness. Also, I have no issue focusing to infinity, but the adapters I use are much smaller.

  8. Fabdex

    Super lens ! I envy you ! I'm always looking for a good deal on eBay but it seems I'm not alone: the selling price always gets pretty high.

  9. Emm

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    @Tom Hackett - You can try using old Nikon lenses as well, but sounds like you might want to stick with lenses designed for your camera. There's an audience of people who love to stick plastic Toy Camera lenses on a 5D Mark II. The results are blurry, distorted, and vignettes. It's about a certain look different lenses can provide, it's not meant to replace real digital lenses.

  10. Tom Hackett

    I'm concerned about using an FD lens with a glass less adapter because I read that it will act like a macro tube and make it so it can't focus to infinity any more. In real world usage though, if I'm not shooting landscapes is this an issue? Could you focus from the dog in this video to something in the neighbor's yard, say 50 feet away? How about something 100 feet away, down at the end of the block?

  11. Emm

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    @mmgodfrey - I have an adapter with glass and enjoy it with my lenses. You'll never make an FD into an EF lens through these adapters. If that's your goal, you're going about it all wrong. Here's an example of another manual FD lens httpss://

  12. Just bought my first canon fd lens (canon 50mm f/1.4) and stuck an adapter (with glass) on it.
    I love the soft haze around the images in low light situations when it is opened up all the way. Looks really cool. Get a hot chick in there and it's every movie/tv shot from the '60s all over again.

  13. mmgodfrey

    Do you know if there are any glassless adapters to connect the old FD (or FL) Canon lenses to the 5DMKII? I know there were some with diopters, but they didn't get good reviews.
    Love the site!

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